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Sunday, October 10th, 2010
11:26 pm - In Memoriam William Ransom Hobbs

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Sunday, September 12th, 2010
1:03 am - Four Empires War is Up on Scribd

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
11:24 am - Scott Adams sez;
The Artist's Secret is that all art comes from abnormal brains. So if
you create art that satisfies your own tastes, you have created for a
market of exactly one abnormal person. If you're lucky, a handful of
other freaks get some joy from your creations too. But it won't be
enough to pay your bills. It's not a career ...until you learn to create
products that normal people like.

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010
12:08 am - Memoir Is Live On Smashwords

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12:04 am - Cover For Memoir

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010
1:34 pm - A Rant
The Ax in the Attic

In Katrina, old school New Orleans homeowners who followed the old advice to keep an ax up in the attic survived, while many who didn't drowned. If a family was forced into the attic by rising waters, they could use a five dollar ax to chop access to the roof and safety. If not, they drowned, a few inches from air.

As the atmosphere becomes more and more unstable, record drought followed by record flood, it behooves us all to take simple precautions, on the ax in the attic level, for our families' safety. Take an inventory of risks, give a few hours thought to basic precautions. This is not a plea to hoard gold and ammunition, that is a game for paranoids.

Just think. An unaccustomed activity, admittedly, but one that has rewards. First step is to get a topographical map, and see if your house in in danger of flooding. If it is, plot out an escape route. It might be wise to buy a used canoe or kayak, store it in the rafters. A few yards of rope might save your life if you have to cross flowing water. Think of what you might have to do before you have to do it in a pouring rain. Flashlights and crank up radios are always useful.

If your risk is tornadoes, find the safest room or closet in your house, store a flashlight and an ax, a radio, a cell phone, perhaps a gallon of water, a few candy bars. What could that cost? A word to the wise; an old fashioned Princess phone will draw power from the phone lines, and will work even if the electric power in the house is gone. Phone lines are a lot thicker than electric wires and are more resistant to wind damage.

If you are at risk of forest fires, clear brush from around your house, you know what to do. If you don't, the Forest Service is willing to help. The government is full of bored experts waiting to be asked for advice. They have pamphlets and videos, sometimes they even have grants of money or tax breaks to help you insulate your house, install better windows, and so on. You never know until you ask. Ask.

In any emergency, you have to either stay, or flee. Make some plans for either contingency. Something as simple as a backpack, a tarpaulin or a machete could save your child's life. Good shoes could literally keep you alive.

Think about it.

Another great thing to do, is to talk to your neighbors. If you have a disaster, and find yourself in a crowd of panicked strangers, a friendly face could be more precious than gold bars. In fact, if you were standing in rubble, or wading through waist deep water, guns and gold would be worse than useless. Prioritize. You need water, clothing, food, shoes, shelter, communications, fire, tools, and friends. Mostly friends.

Most of all you need a plan. "If it floods, I run this way, if the wind blows my house down I
run that way, if the tsunami hits we go uphill. Earthquake, we do so and so. If we get separated we meet here."

And don't fall for the Anarchy Myth, where the Government falls, one day, and we all play "Soldier of Fortune" forever. History shows clearly that governments can survive the loss of a third of their citizens and more. I cite Soviet Russia in WWII and Nazi Germany under the Allied bombing. Even feeble corrupt governments like that of Haiti can survive catastrophe. They have most of the guns, and most of the gold. They have trained people, no matter how corrupt. In a disaster, co-operation is the only game in town. Anarchists will be shot, first thing. Count on it. I have lived in conditions of anarchy, and can tell you that a few friends with baseball bats are a stronger deterrent to outlaws than any fancy firearm.

The Climate Crisis now upon us has been willfully underplayed by the media, for fear of offending very well financed naysayers. They have won, and it is now too late to fend off near constant weather disasters. Such a victory. That might well become known as the crime of the century. People are dying every day in "record," "Unheard of," "Unprecedented," weather events. These will only get worse until the fossil fuels are exhausted and the atmosphere reaches a new equilibrium.

It is our task to try and survive all this craziness, as well as we can, as long as we can. Plan ahead. Please. For your families. Turn off the TV and think, it only hurts for a little while, then it gets to be fun.

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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
11:48 pm - My Books on smashwords

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1:01 am - Huck Finn Book

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12:08 am - Cover for Tchevy IV

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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
9:59 am - Covor for Huck Finn Book

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Saturday, July 31st, 2010
12:29 pm - moribund
I'm giving up on LJ, Anybody wants me, i'll be here.!/profile.php?id=503926026

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2:02 am - Whew
‎85,707 words on Teslagrad. Slack, but i also make five or six bass blanks, strung up Wishional #1 Production, (number 4 actually) I have owned seven Nationals so far, two of which i made. That was triolian #741, a squareneck Tricone, an OMI brass Model 0, a "Rambling Rose" Dobro Model O, and a Johnston tricone.

I made two steel bodied Nationals. Equals Seven. And now i made four in a month or so. Tomorrow i go to pick up five bodies, and then we shall see what we shall see.

In my spare time today, edited my new CD "Hippy and the Hyphens" with the Twin City Buskers, and some solo stuff. Some of it is pretty good. Some new songs that didn't make it on to the old 1995 CD, "Be's That Way" It's more of a demo, actually.

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Friday, July 30th, 2010
7:28 pm - How to get Shit Done
Turn off the TV. Listen to your own thoughts, not somebody else's.

Play music without words if you must have some noise. Jazz or Classical. good music makes you smarter and more relaxed.

Finish whatever you start. A clutter of half finished projects is death.

Throw stuff away. If you need something. it is better to go buy it than to wade through a pile of crap for twenty years thinking "That will come in handy some day."

Don't worry if something is original to you. It is.

Don't read criticism, especially of yourself.

Don't be academic. Don't limit yourself into other people's categories.

Don't study the whole field you are in. Study what you like, what amuses you. Discard the rest.

Four kinds of people. Consumers, Creators, Collectors and Critics. Figure out what kind you are, and do that. Creators have all the fun.

Nothing beats a try but a failure.

Don't angst.

Everybody makes mistakes. Move on. Firewood and vinegar and scrap paper have value too.

Don't take your self so fucking seriously.

Oh, yeah, Rule One. "Keep It Simple, Stupid

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1:37 am - Very Varied
85,335 on Teslagrad. Got it doped out.

Spent most of the day trying to get that #1 proto strung up, also got a bass, and a cheap guitar strung up.

Went up to King and had a great time, hooked the boys and Sarah Brown into singing a tom Waits gospel song at the top of our voices. Great fun. Tom Waits never wrote a gospel song? Hah!

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010
12:47 am - Busy
No new words, too busy. Went and picked up the first Wishional from the new CNC guy, made a few passes in the shop, had a visit from a designer re; electric violins, wen to the Y, ate Thai food, and out.

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
1:17 am - Tired Day
84.507 words on Teslagrad. Worked in the shop, although i was short on sleep, didn't want to work with power tools. Got one very odd bass in the spray room.

Ran errands, and got word that the first prototype of the wishional from the vendor is ready. I'm going to sell the first few protos cheap, to get a little cash flowing.

And played at the Boomerz Open Mike, with J.D. Rockefeller, bassist and Bubba. Fun.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010
11:56 pm - Day after Day
83,730 on Teslagrad, see the end now.

Got a bass and a guitar in the spray room, the guitar is a freebe donation to Joe Thrift's Haiti Benefit in September. And that's about it today.

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2:11 am - Better Day
82,317 on Teslagrad.

Worked a little in the shop, got two acoustic necks sculpted down.

Went to see Teresa in her play, she did very well. The play was tolerable, given that i hate drama and theatre.Pronounced "Thaet-ter"

Had dinner with two other artistic couples, that was fun and saw "Salt." Pretty good hack em up, even though Jolie sported a Joan Baez hair cut in the last third of the movie.

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Sunday, July 25th, 2010
2:40 am - Another Day.
81,079 words on Teslagrad, and started the edit process on Tchevy book IV and an orphan book that sort of fits in that universe, "Granny Juice." My second book, and an ugly one. But i might as well put it in the cloud, as let it molder in my hard drive.

It's not like it is going to ruin my reputation, after all. Worked a little, got some stuff on eBay and went to Heath and Ginger's wedding party. Second night in a row i've been in a large gathering where i knew almost nobody. At least this one was happy. Played a song. Ate a roast beef sandwich.

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Saturday, July 24th, 2010
3:29 am - A sad and mornful day
80,436 in Teslagrad, nice to be able to relax and write.

Hot as hell today, drinking Perrier like water (joke) Got a bass and guitar and a lap steel strung up today, not much else.

Went to BB Russell's memorial, sad and uncomfortable to see so much grief in people i don't actually know. Think there were less than ten people i actually... had met. He was much loved.

A nice service.

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